Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Marvel Comics Multi Mags 2 for 99 cents!

As readers of this blog know, I have a fondness for comic multi packs especially the Whitman ones for things like Micronauts or the Shogun Warriors.

That's why this 1981 ad from coluring book publisher Parkes Run (more on them later this week) intrigues me. 

It seems that 1981, Marvel dumped Whitman in favour of Parkes Run and the format changed from 3 comics to 2, thanks inflation!

As a side note, my dad knew a distributor of these back in the early 1980s. I remember seeing a whole skid of these two packs in his warehouse. The man said to me "take as many comics as you want!" but my dad's face suggested that I should probably be happy with one.....


Shlomo Ben Hungstien said...

here's some more Whitman mutli packs that have copies of ROM and the Micronauts

Tom said...

I remember being intrigued by those multipacks. Were the same comics? Would they be worth as much as those I bought on the regular news stand some day? (I was collector conscious even as a child). The bonus was, they were generally back issues, so you could get issues you had missed. The one thing I disliked about the 3-packs was you never knew what that middle issue was.

Anonymous said...

@Tom, The Whitman ones: No, not exactly. Whitman versions of Bronze Age comics today sell for a little less than their Marvel/Gold Key etc. counterparts.

However, Whitman bags were/are an excellent source of Bronze Age titles at a very reasonable price and in minty condition. Personally, I liked them for obtaining classic Scooby Doo (Gold Key) comics, because getting an odd issue is perfectly fine in that line, as the stories were self-contained within one issue.

Marvel, OTOH, could be a problem because of multi-issue story arcs. Getting a random issue #138 of because the story started in earlier issues and would end in later issues.


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